After going back to work this week, I realized many people did not realize who was behind Paleo Gone Sassy, rather just enjoyed the recipes. Well, I am a women in my 30’s (yes…I admit I’m in my 30’s now) who enjoys challenges. I started my nutritional journey counting carbohydrates (my math was (carbohydrates) – (protein and fiber) = less than 5). As I started this journey my meals consisted of meat, nuts, vegetables and fruit. I took out dairy and gluten as part of a 21 day detox plan. In those 21 days, I struggled at the beginning to find energy because my body was craving ‘junk’, but as it progressed my gut was feeling amazing providing more energy to my body and brain. As I phased out of the 21 day detox, I realized many recipes I was using contained the world ‘paleo’. This lead me onto a research opportunity. I read books, magazines and blogs to decide if ‘paleo’ was a lifestyle change my husband and I could make PERMANENTLY. I do get very frustrated when people call it a diet because we don’t think of this as a short-term concept. Yes, it is true..the scale will show your hard work, but don’t let it be the only voice. As I progress, I have lost over 45lbs in the last year and half. However, I’m at the point where the scale is no longer moving BUT my clothing sizes continue to go down. Listen to your body and don’t solely rely on the scale. Once you feel how amazing your body is performing while eating Paleo, you too may never look back.
As we continue to eat Paleo, my body thrives in the gym craving workouts. Instead of dreading the workouts, I crave them! I love the challenges and conquering goals I set for myself. I’ve also made many new friends along this process, which hold me accountable. However, it took me awhile to find a workout I like. The training I do is more interval/circuit training. Some people refer to it as a HIT (high intensity training). Find a class for you, otherwise you will not stick to it.
I will let you in on a little secret….when I was in my 20’s I couldn’t cook. I had a small kitchen fire cooking tomato soup. I think I should explain this….it was my first time cooking tomato soup on a gas stove. Long story short, tomato soup is all sugar, it boiled over the pot and caught on fire from the cooking flames. My mother is an amazing cook and my husband use to joke how I didn’t get her gene. However, with time and patience, I have found it. Be patient and you may find yours too! I love looking at ‘unhealthy’ recipes and then making a lot of adaptions for them to fit into my lifestyle. Some of my recipes come from just staring at the fridge/pantry. I have found the longer I do this, the less ingredients the better. Fresh produce gives any meal an amazing taste.
So who is the Paleo Gone Sassy Girl, here she is….
Please note this picture was taken in Banff National Park. An amazing place to visit!!